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My Freshman Year Internship with Dwolla

February 21, 2013

Mariah K. Young is a college student and current intern for Dwolla.

By Mariah K. Young

I‘ve never been one to waste time, so when it came to preparing for my career my goal was to complete an internship by the end of my sophomore year. I wanted to be ahead of the game.

I guess I jumped the gun. Merely four months into my freshman year of college, I began my first internship at Dwolla. A year and a half later, I’m still with the team, learning and growing.

Most internships last a semester, two semesters max, but something about Dwolla kept me returning. Even after a summer away, I found myself back in the office. Their core values list things like “We are inventors, creators, and believers“, “We move quickly. Fail fast. Own it. Adapt. Move forward.”, and “We value attitude and aptitude.” A company with a backbone like that is sure to provide an incomparable internship.

I have had the opportunity to plan major events, work creatively, and take ownership of projects. Similarly, I have experience researching, planning, and executing the kind of backend work keeps a company moving forward.

Another key part of what makes this internship so unique is the culture here. I come to the office three days a week and always look forward to stepping off campus. I’m not walking into a stuffy office full of cubicles, but rather an open environment that I want to be working in – it’s about collaboration and camaraderie. It’s not uncommon to see team members working from bright orange couches or playing a quick game of foosball.

Despite the relaxed environment, everyone is focused and working towards a common goal. Every day we are working to build the ideal payment network and fundamentally change the economy. Expectations are high – even for interns. Each day I face new challenges, whether it’s figuring out how to close down a street bridge at the last minute or teach myself how to throw a hackathon.

Working at Dwolla has also given me the opportunity to work with an amazing team. I am offered mentorship and guidance while also being pushed. Each week I’m presented challenges that call for quick thinking or the development of a new skill.

Mariah, thanks for taking the time to share this with us! Students, start searching for an internship now!

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